expectations from the community

Andrey Somov py4fun at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 10:37:12 CST 2012

Hi happy Mercurial developers,
I would like to ask a question about expectations from the community to
those who (may) contribute to the project.

1 case - contributor

Imagine you noticed that the school bus of your lovely child is not in
order: the left stop light does not work. To improve it (make it safer) you
go to a shop, buy the lamp, go the driver and try to fix it. If the driver
says the lamp is wrong, you go the shop again and buy the proper lamp.
Finally the stoplight works and you feel safe.

2 case - reporter

Imagine you noticed that _a_ school bus is not in order: the left stop
light does not work. To fix it you tell the driver that the light does not
work. You hear back that first - your English is not perfect, second - you
must submit a special form to report a problem. Nevertheless, you feel that
you have done your job - the problem is known and it can be fixed by those
who feel responsible for the bus (because you do not !). But days pass and
you see that nothing is done - the light still does not work.

Now my question. Sometimes I feel like a reporter but it looks like the
community expects me to be a contributor. Is there any policy ? What are
the expectations? Are the reporters welcome ? How can I indicate that I
simply want to show the places where the code can be improved ?

Please do not take me wrong: I do _not_ want to say the community is not
friendly. I just want to avoid any misunderstanding.

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